Volunteering in Costa Rica

Don't let Costa Rica's small size fool you: this Central American country is home to around 4% of all the wildlife found on earth, and it is a must-see location deserving of a place on any intrepid traveler's bucket list. Its capital, San Jose, is a melting pot of culture and vibrancy, serving as a gateway to an equally fascinating country. Rolling hills, plunging valleys, verdant rainforests and sandy beaches pepper the nation's terrain, each location being home to a huge variety of exciting and endemic wildlife.

With the country boasting such an incredible array of animal life and spectacular scenery, volunteering in Costa Rica is something that everybody should try to do in their lifetime. What better way to see this country than to volunteer in the tropics? It will give you the best possible chance to see and explore the environment of the country whilst making a difference to the local wildlife so what are you waiting for? Make a difference now!

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As we mentioned earlier, this small nation is home to 4% of all animal life on earth. This means that Costa Rica is home to 210 species of mammal, around 878 species of bird, 218 species of reptiles, and over 35,000 species of insect. In short: Costa Rica is the place to go if you want to take part in an animal conservation holiday. Some of the animals you may be able to see here include:

  • Jaguars
  • Sloths
  • Ocelots
  • Monkeys
  • Bears
  • Boa Constrictors

The various ecosystems found here are the primary contributors to this broad array of life, and with tropical rainforests, coastlines, cloud forests, and mangrove forests all found here, it’s no wonder so many animals call the country home!


Costa Rica’s culture has been formed by a unique blend of many other values. The country has been most heavily influenced by the Spanish (who colonized the area in the 16th century), though there is a palpable Caribbean influence too! This has led to a unique blend of social rules and traditions, so it may be worth it to take note of the following tips:

  • Be wary on the roads in this country. The driving laws are loosely enforced and much different to the ones known by you and I, so caution is advised!
  • Gallo Pinto is basically the nation's most beloved dish: a blend of beans and rice, you'll most likely be served Gallo Pinto at every meal. Dig in!
  • Try to use the pronoun “usted” (you) rather than the less formal pronoun “tu” (you), as the latte is considered incredibly rude here. Locals are more forgiving to tourists, but this is something to be aware of!

Ready to discover Costa Rican culture? You'll love this friendly and diverse country!

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Costa Rica is a land of outstanding natural beauty, and this provides you with a big chance to explore some of the most untouched forests and coastlines in the world. However, it is not all about the nature in Costa Rica, as the capital city of San Jose is well worth a visit too. Some of the places you could visit here include:

  • Chato Volcano – Although it is one of the lesser known volcanos in Costa Rica, this stunning landmark is topped by a stunning emerald green crater lake.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - This beautiful waterfall is set against a stunning backdrop of wild forest, making it the perfect place to explore!
  • Uvita Island – If you are into your surfing, then this is the place to head to in Costa Rica. Catch a wave or two, or spend some time relaxing by the shore!

Got the travel bug? This country has it all, so head to Costa Rica and enjoy 'pura vida'!

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